Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette believes the club made the right call by firing manager Charlie Montoyo.
“I think we needed something to send us in the right direction,” Bichette said, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. “This is not my area to worry about. We’ll come to the field ready to play as hard as we can. The front office has made their decision on what they thought was necessary. I don’t disagree.”
Montoyo lost his job Wednesday despite the Blue Jays holding the last wild-card spot in the American League. However, the club hasn’t performed up to expectations after entering the season as a favorite to win the AL East and a World Series contender.
Toronto named John Schneider as the interim skipper and promoted Casey Candaele to bench coach. The two moves sit well with Bichette.
“I think they’ll bring direction, I think they’ll bring accountability. They’ll bring a presence that’s really important for a team,” Bichette said. “I’m super excited for Casey to get here and for Schneids to get the opportunity.”
The Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 on Wednesday in their first game with Schneider at the helm.